Modern American Fare Brightens Downtown Yakima at Cowiche Canyon

by Hannah Kivi

Animated conversation saturates the large atmosphere of Cowiche Canyon Kitchen + Icehouse Bar. And with the small-town dynamic of Yakima,…

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Chef Mutsuko Soma is hard to find on an ordinary day, but the chef-owner of the Kamonegi pop-up is a beloved member of the Seattle dining scene. The classically trained chef used to cook Spanish food, but was inspired years ago to go back to her native Japan and went to soba-making school. Upon returning, she gained a local following at Miyabi 45th, bringing in West Coast-grown buckwheat, milling it and making it into soba daily for lucky diners.

While we like to focus on all things “sip”-able in the Northwest, we’re taking it to the next level with bars that are mandatory stops when passing through your capital city. Pay homage to your home state with a craft cocktail or a fresh brew from these local joints.
Capital: Boise, Idaho
Bar: Press & Pony
From the same folks who put Boise on the map for burgers with Boise Fry Co. comes a downtown cocktail lounge focused on handcrafted drinks in an intimate setting.

Raise your hand if you’ve frequented Tacoma, Washington, for years without realizing that tacos were literally derived from its name. Or maybe that was just me? Either way, thank goodness Peter Levy of Chow Foods came to this conclusion when he opened Brewers Row just six months ago next-door to sister restaurant Cooks Tavern, putting “the ‘taco’ in Tacoma.

In case you haven’t heard the good news, it’s Oregon Wine Month. It’s time to bake up some decadence — you deserve it. Alisha Falkenstein, the innovative pastry chef from Pazzo Ristorante at the Hotel Vintage in Portland, recreated the Italian restaurant’s pastry lineup, and has been utilizing delicacies to showcase authentic Northwest ingredients ever since. Now, she’s sharing the perfect, indulgent recipe for us to express our love for Oregon wine.

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Ciudad and its sibling cocktail spot, Bar Ciudad, carve out a welcoming retreat in a busy industrial corner of Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. Entering the restaurant’s concrete walls, past the large patio and massive wood-fired grill, you’ll feel transported – perhaps to Spain or Morocco, maybe to Turkey or Southeast Asia, or possibly to South America.

One of Portland’s most hotly-anticipated new restaurants, Chalino, is located in a striking building at the base of north Portland’s N. Williams Avenue and N. Vancouver corridor. The busy bike artery between south and north Portland is also home to some of the most popular shops and restaurants in the city, and is now also host to the Courtyard at One North, a building made with surprising wooden curves and open public gardens.

Around these parts, it’s hard not to think seasonally when eating. Summer produces berries and corn, fall with apples and lettuces, winter has pears and squash; but in spring, before the fields have bloomed with what’s to come, fresh Washington asparagus reigns supreme.

Eating at Mbar, the young Mamnoon sibling restaurant atop the 400 Fairview building in South Lake Union, is an all-encompassing experience. From the moment you enter the waiting room/bar off the ground floor lobby to check in for dinner, through the end of your meal, you will feel utterly transported.
If you’re visiting Mbar without a reservation and a table isn’t immediately available, you’ll be offered a seat at the anteroom bar, a dimly lit space with a speakeasy vibe.

The menu at Bookstore Bar in Downtown Seattle reads, well, a bit underwhelming: burger, turkey BLT, Northwest chowder, clam dip. It sounds fine, but certainly nothing to write an article about. It would make sense, considering that before this recent visit, I had only eaten there twice in its entire existence. Both times were “meh” at best, so for this stopover, I wasn’t expecting the rockets and streamers that I was met with when I settled in for a long food coma.

 
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